Thursday, June 04, 2020

Startups Try Harder.

I wrote this as a staff member of the' 65 Denver Thomas Jefferson High School yearbook, 5 years before Robert Townsend wrote the best selling "Up the Organization" about learning in 2nd place. "We try harder" is how CEO Townsend put it in the headlines of the ads for his #2 Avis (Hertz was #1 in market share.)

But throws fall short,
And scores come too late,
All teams can't finish first.
Learning is second place.

From TJ Yearbook, thanks

For more about my thinking about startup see my "Daring Mighty Things." 

Monday, June 01, 2020

Wikipedia Article: "Entrepreneurship."

Have you read the Wikipedia article "Entrepreneurship"?

It's a real mess. If there are now 6,000 professors of entrepreneurship across the US now, as Carl Schramm claims in his book "Burn the Business Plan," why hasn't something been done about this? What other industry is so poorly described on Wikipedia?

Here are the references for the statements, most statements, on the Wikipedia article. Which should be purged for one reason or another? What's missing? I'd be very, very interested in your thoughts on this. Thanks!

Entrepreneurship. doi:10.4135/9781446263433 ( 10.4135%2F9781446263433). ISBN 9781412934374. Baassiri, Raméz (2018). Interrupted Entrepreneurship: Embracing Change In The Further reading 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 106/111 Family Business. Forbes. ISBN 9781946633361. Bowman, Erik (July 2011). Entrepreneur Training Manual, Third Edition: Certified Entrepreneur Workbook. Guanzi Institute Press. ISBN 978-0-9837862-9-0. Bruder, Jessica (September 2013). "The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship." (htt ps:// ruder/psychological-price-of-entrepreneurship.html) Inc. (Winner 2014 Annual Awards Contest of the Deadline Club) Dana, Leo Paul (2010). "Nunavik, Arctic Quebec: Where Co-operatives Supplement Entrepreneurship". Global Business and Economics Review. 12 (1/2): 42–71. doi:10.1504/gber.2010.032317 (https://doi.or g/10.1504%2Fgber.2010.032317). Duening, Thomas N.; Hisrich, Robert A.; Lechter, Michael A. (21 October 2009). 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 107/111 Technology Entrepreneurship: Creating, Capturing, and Protecting Value. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-08-092288-1. Foo, M.D. (2011). "Emotions and entrepreneurial opportunity evaluation". Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 35 (2): 375–393. doi:10.1111/j.1540- 6520.2009.00357.x ( 2Fj.1540-6520.2009.00357.x). Folsom Jr., Burton W. The Myth of the Robber Barons (4th ed. 2003) James W. Halloran. (2014). Your Small Business Adventure: Finding Your Niche and Growing a Successful Business. ALA/Huron Street Press. ISBN 978-1-937589-44-8. Leitão, João; Baptista, Rui (10 June 2009). Public Policies for Fostering Entrepreneurship: A European Perspective. Springer Science Business Media. ISBN 978-1-4419-0249-8. 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 108/111 Lowe, Robin; Sue Marriott (June 2006). Enterprise: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Concepts, Contexts and Commercialization. Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978- 0750669207. Lundstrom, Anders; Stevenson, Lois A. (30 March 2005). Entrepreneurship Policy: Theory and Practice. Springer. ISBN 978-0-387- 24140-1. McCormick, Blaine; Folsom, Burton W. (2003). "A survey of business historians on America's greatest entrepreneurs". Business History Review. 77 (4): 703–716. doi:10.2307/30041235 ( 7%2F30041235). JSTOR 30041235 (https://w Minniti, M.; Moren, L. (2010). "Entrepreneurial types and economic growth" (http://econpap a2010_3ai_3a3_3ap_3a305-314.htm). Journal 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 109/111 of Business Venturing. 25 (3): 305–314. doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2008.10.002 (https://d Rea, Christopher; Volland, Nicolai (2015). The Business of Culture: Cultural Entrepreneurs in China and Southeast Asia, 1900-65. UBC Press. ISBN 9780774827829. Shane, S.; Venkataraman, S. (2000). "The Promise of Entrepreneurship as A Field of Research". Academy of Management Review. 25 (1): 217–226. doi:10.5465/amr.2000.2791611 (https://doi.or g/10.5465%2Famr.2000.2791611). JSTOR 259271 ( 59271). Shane, S. (2013). "The genetics of entrepreneurial performance". International Small Business Journal. 31 (5): 473–495. doi:10.1177/0266242613485767 (https://doi. org/10.1177%2F0266242613485767). 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 110/111 Thompson Heames, Joyce; Breland, Jacob W. (2010). "Management pioneer contributors: 30-year review" ( gement_pioneer.pdf) (PDF). Journal of Management History. 16 (4): 427–436. doi:10.1108/17511341011073915 (https://doi. org/10.1108%2F17511341011073915). Whaples, Robert. "Economic history and entrepreneurship." in The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History (Routledge, 2013). 84–94. Zahra, Shaker A. (2009). "A typology of social entrepreneurs: Motives, search processes and ethical challenges". Journal of Business Venturing. 24 (5): 519–532. doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2008.04.007 (https://d 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 111/111 Zhang, S.X.; Cueto, J. (2015). "The Study of Bias in Entrepreneurship" (https://www.researc Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

OODA Loop and Meditation

Personal PrOcessing Guide           Dr. Robert Langs’ “Decoding Your Daydreams” Made Simple.

EMERGENCY? CALL 911. Not to be used without first talking about Personal PrOcessing with a therapist, spiritual director, or friend you like and trust, someone who knows you well.

This is a brief introduction to a technique, a new way of what could be called meditating, developed by a very well known and influential psychotherapist, the late Dr. Robert Langs, MD. What Dr. Langs called “self-analysis” and later “self-processing” and that I am now calling Personal PrOcessing, is a way to access (Observe) your HP, what Langs called “your deep unconscious wisdom system.” It could be called self-directed psychotherapy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SCOTUS on Colorado Caucus Case!

It sounds like the Supreme Court is going to hear the arguments that the role of an electoral college delegate is to screen out the tyrants that slip through, this is great news!

For more see Wikipedia article "Colorado Caucus."

Monday, May 04, 2020

Contributions of Dr. Robert Langs to Clinical Psychoanalysis

Contributions of Dr. Robert Langs to Clinical Psychoanalysis, 1973 - 19791 by R.M. Reynolds

The present paper is a review of the contributions of Robert Langs to psychotherapy, as found in books which he published during the period from 1973 to 1979. It describes an adaptational-interactional approach to psychotherapy in which attention is directed to the therapeutic and anti- therapeutic role of introjection and

Friday, April 24, 2020

The last Startup Show. Big Announcement.

Join us for IDEA Cafe this afternoon on our Facebook Page,

The last Startup Show, April 24, 2020

John Wren's Startup Show (click here.)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

President John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address

January 20, 1961

Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend Clergy, fellow citizens:
      We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom--symbolizing an end as well as a beginning--signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and

Monday, April 20, 2020

INVITATION: Online Socrates Cafes

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Prayer for the Coronavirus:

Prayer that's gone viral, from

Better Health? Medical Care: a New Approach.

Are you familiar with this program? Takes what to me Dr. John Sarno started with his TMS (Tention Myositis Syndrome) approach and Dr. Bernie Siegal with his work with the mind-body connection, to a logical conclusion: community-based health care.

Please watch this and give me your feedback.

Any experience you've had with it or any information you are able to find out about Dr. Cummings and his work would be very, very welcome.



Friday, April 17, 2020

Starting in a new direction with your work?

Or do you want to start in a new direction?

Listen to the Startup Show, now each Friday at 12noon MDT, 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific on our Facebook Page or right here on To be a guest on the show call (303)861-1447.

Monday, April 06, 2020

What is an entrepreneur? Trends in usage of the word.

The Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

You might well wonder whether entrepreneur simply means “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money” or whether it carries an additional connotation of far-sightedness and innovation. The answer, perhaps unsatisfyingly, is that it can go in either direction.

Entrepreneur has been in used in English to refer to a kind of businessman since at least the middle of the 18th century, when it appeared in translation of the King of Prussia’s instructions for his generals (“. . . if the country happens not to abound in forage, you must agree with some Entrepreneur for the quantity required.”). During the 19th century, it was also used of a go-between or a person who undertakes any kind of activity (as opposed to just a business).

By the early 20th century entrepreneur appears to have taken on the connotation of go-getter when applied to an independent business owner, a quality that may also be found in the phrase entrepreneurial spirit, which began being used at about the same time.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The more we research and plan, the fewer innovations:

Take away Research and Planning, Using Same Data:

ideation (n.)
1829; see idea + -ation.
"As we say Sensation, we might say also, Ideation; it would be a very useful word; and there is no objection to it, except the pedantic habit of decrying a new term."
[James Mill, "Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind," London, 1829]

How 'Brainstorm' Got Better

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Newcomer to recovery?

Sober Friends, each Thursday, 4:30 pm, newcomers to 12-step recovery are invited to bring their problems, open to anyone interested in a spiritual way of living. Questions? (303)861-1447 Was at 1311 York St., now online, check it out:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Better together?

 Who is entering this? Call me if you are, ok? Proposals better together? John Wren (303)861-1447

Zoop App Marketplace Competition

Submit your company for a chance to win $2 million in VC funding, Zoom tech, and more! Submission deadline: March 31, 2020 Official rules: FAQ:

Friday, March 20, 2020

Online Dialogs. Free. Join us! Educator? Come teach for us!

Upcoming Online Socrates Cafes, check it out:

Start or Join Franklin Circle or other small groups, see:

Business Support Groups:

SBCC (Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc) Startup Philosophy-- the 12 Practices of Recover, Imagine, Think, and Learn; to Start, Grow, Flourish. In the end we all flourish, so if you're not yet flourishing you're just not finished. Join us! It's free and fast, "Visit Group" on our FB Page

Teach to Win! See Wren College, apply online as a student or faculty member.

Sponsored by Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Twitter @IDEACafe (303)861-1447

Joining a Zoom Socrates Cafe Meetup:

Monday, February 24, 2020

Time to fight tyranny in USA?

Do you agree or disagree with this interview?

Why or why not? "Making political decisions,"
the topic today on Startup Show, join us!
10 a.m. Denver, noon Eastern, or right now.

"Visit Group" and join us if you haven't already
while it's still free from our FB Page, check it out: 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Wren: "the grassroots will disappear."

SBCC Franklin Circles.1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 80210 

Contact: John Wren cell or text (720)495-4949

February 21, 2020

Ben Franklin’s Junto model for new hyper-local groups to strengthen neighborhoods.
“Without a healthy small group in every neighborhood, the grassroots will disappear.”

Denver, CO 02/20/2020— “Our mission is to save the grassroots, good neighborhoods and the voice of the informed common person, the man or woman who reads the newspaper, watches the news and specials and casts an informed vote.

 “To accomplish this we are working to make sure there is is a healthy small group in every neighborhood,” said John Wren, founder of the Colorado not-for-profit Colorado corporation, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. For help to start or join a group in your neighborhood see the SBCC site

“I believe our grassroots, the political voice of the common person, will completely die if nothing is done. It is our grassroots that has always made America great. My hope is that eventually, community newspapers across the USA will join us to encourage the formation of new nonpartisan neighborhood educational groups, which we are now calling Franklin Circles. 

Our mission is to help people turn familiar strangers into real neighbors. Without good neighbors, it is almost impossible to have a meaningful political conversation, “ said Wren today at the SBCC IDEA-OODA Cafe at the Commons on Champa, 
Long-time community activist John Wren was a registered agent for Save the Caucus, a Colorado political committee, and he is the founder of the virtual educational organization the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc., a Colorado not-for-profit Corporation. For more see  or call Wren at (303)861-1447 

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Where is your star?

Find Your Star:

1.  Bring to mind an emotional narrative.
       One of your dreams or daydreams. 
       Some fable, parable, movie, book or news story.
       Inspirational Podcast such as
      A story you told, heard or make-up on the spot.

2.  Associate with narrative, pools of themes/triggers emerge.

4.  Associate with a strong theme and a strong trigger.

5.  Allow a surprising insight to emerge

6. Validate the surprising insight:
a. Make up a story/ daydream.
b. If joyful, take as validation of insight. (consolation.)
c. If negative (desolation), repeat process from #1. 

7.  Follow your star, your 6.b. validated insight.

For more about Lectio-Divina and Self-Processing see: L. William Countryman, The Mystical Way in the Fourth Gospel. Robert Langs, Empowered Psychotherapy—Teaching Self Processing; The Daydream Workbook; and Fundamentals of Adaptive Psychotherapy and Counseling.  Richard Rohr, Breathing Underwater. Ben Franklin, Autobiography. Leo Damrosch, The Club— Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age. And the week 5 New Beginnings Meditation on